Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tales of Mommyhood 2017 Gift Guide Now Accepting Submissions


It's that time of year. I am busy behind the scenes getting things prepared for the 2017 Gift Guide.  If you would like to see your product or service featured in this years guide, please feel free to send me an email with "2017 Gift Guide" as the subject.

Tales of Mommyhood is accepting submissions for men, women and children. For an idea of what the gift guide will look like, have a peak at the 2016 Gift Guide.

This years gift guide will be live on November 12th, and will have new posts added right up until December 23rd.

Get Crafting With These 15 Spider Craft Ideas


It's here! That spooky time of year has arrived, and it's a great time to get creative. There are so many options when it comes to making spooky treats and crafts.  It's a fun way to spend time with the kids in the weeks leading up to October 31st.


15 Halloween Spider Crafts 

Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky



Hard to believe that we are in October already, and Thanksgiving is only a few days away. School has been back in session for a few weeks, and we have all settled nicely into the school routine.

How would you like to win some prizes? Make sure to enter the great giveaways linked up below. If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.





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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sabra Helps With Those Lunchbox Blues


If you have school aged children, then you are probably quite familiar with how daunting packing lunches daily can be. Coming up with simple, nutritious meals that the kids will like isn't always easy.

 Sabra wants to give you a hand with a few ideas that will help to increase protein and taste! With several hummus flavours to choose from, you are sure to find one that suits your child's taste buds.


For me, I love to spread the original hummus on a wrap, then add in lettuce, cucumber, tomato and chicken or turkey. As a snack, I enjoy dipping fresh veggies in the roasted red pepper hummus!

Sabra hummus starts off with chick peas, tahini, and garlic. Other bold flavours are added in after to make the great tasting dips that are available.

What's your favourite flavour of Sabra hummus? Tell me below and you could win 4 VIP vouchers for Sabra products.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

October 9th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





Hard to believe that we are in October already, and Thanksgiving is only a few days away. School has been back in session for a few weeks, and we have all settled nicely into the school routine.

How would you like to win some prizes? Make sure to enter the great giveaways linked up below. If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.





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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

15 Halloween Treats

Halloween isn't too far off. If you have kids, it's always fun to make some Halloween themed treats. Perfect addition to a Halloween party, or just because. Either way, they are sure to be enjoyed!  This round up below gives you 15 ideas to choose from - which one will you try first? 



15 Halloween Treats 

Monday, October 2, 2017

October 2nd Monday Madness Giveaway Linky





Hard to believe that we are in October already, and Thanksgiving is only a few days away. School has been back in session for a few weeks, and we have all settled nicely into the school routine.

How would you like to win some prizes? Make sure to enter the great giveaways linked up below. If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.





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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

It's Important To Research Before Purchasing A Vehicle

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When I purchased my first vehicle, it was a spur of the moment decision (which I don’t recommend). I had no idea about anything when it came to buying a car. I knew approximately what I could afford, so we looked around the lot, found a used car with low kilometers and asked if we could take it for a test drive.

I walked out that afternoon having signed the papers and the next day was a car owner. There wasn’t anything wrong with the vehicle (other than the colour, it was sea-foam green) but I could have made a much better choice.

After that experience, I knew that I was going to take my time when purchasing any vehicles in the future. It's not always easy when making a decision on a new vehicle. There are so many factor to consider, that it can be a daunting task.  Different car manufacturers have many makes and models, and they all have different features. It’s great to be able to consult Cars.com, a site where you are provided with all the information you need to make a decision about a vehicle that will suit your needs.
You need to take into account where you will be driving, what the climate is like, whether you will be transporting other people often, and if you will need room for things like sporting equipment or large musical instruments.

I have always enjoyed checking out cars on the lot - when I am NOT in the market to buy, but car buying can definitely be a stressful event – it’s not always fun. Do you have any car shopping horror stories?

Monday, September 25, 2017

September 25th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






How would you like to win some prizes? Make sure to enter the great giveaways linked up below. If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.





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Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy First Day of Fall!

Today is the first official day of fall, but with the weather we are having I am going to pretend it is still summer. We have been so lucky to have temperatures in the high 20's for the last few weeks.  I have been able to spend time at the outdoor pool (both on my own and with the kids).


I publish a summer bucket list every year, but don't normally do one for fall.  With school back in session, we don't have the same amount of free time, but I thought this year I would put some things down that we normally do - and I hope to this year as well.

  1. Apple Picking - we normally go to Mountain Orchards, but I don't think we will make it out there this year. I hope to take them to one of the ones a little closer.
  2. Baking Apple Crisp - I make apple crisps and pies every fall, and then freeze them to have over winter.
  3. Saunders Farm - we go in the summer for outdoor fun, but in the fall they make it spooky. Hoping to get there at least once before Halloween.
  4. Pumpkin picking and carving - we don't go to a patch to pick our pumpkins, but the place we go to has a huge selection already picked for families to choose from.
  5. Walk through the forest - I love walking in a forest with the changing leaves. There is something about the crisp air (not right now though) and the sound of leaves crunching as you walk through them.
What types of activities do you make sure to do with your family in the fall?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Don't Humidify, Rumidify! Enter to Win a Rumidifer RD10!

As much as we all hope the gorgeous weather will stay, it's not going to be long before winter sets in and our houses become dry.  Rumidifier wants to help you out this winter,  by providing ONE Rumidifier RD10 unit to one of my lucky readers.  This is open to both US and Canadian residents.




Don’t humidify, Rumidify!

They say necessity is the mother of all inventions and our story wasn’t any different. When our founder's children were young, they fell ill over the winter with chest congestion, colds and flu. The doctor recommended that they purchase a room humidifier for the home to help the situation so that they could breathe comfortably again. When he was looking for humidifiers, all he could find were ones that plugged into electricity. They used up energy and added to the hydro bill, they were noisy, had high maintenance and he felt they were unsafe as there was a chance that they could catch fire.

He then invented the Rumidifier to use in his home, saw how efficient it was in curing his kids and ended up marketing it for sale. The Rumidifier is cordless and compact, and simple to use - it sits on your floor vent and uses the heat coming from your furnace to add humidity to the room. Once you have placed the unit over the vent and added water, the Rumidifier will start working when your furnace is on. The water reservoir needs to be filled every few days, and the unit should be cleaned every few months. Rumidifiers are easy to clean, the units come apart and the base can be placed on the top rack of your dishwasher or scrubbed by hand if you prefer - no worry about mold in hard to clean areas. There are no extra hydro fees and no chance of it catching fire.

The Rumidifier is a truly eco-friendly humidifier that fits over any existing heating vent to provide ongoing humidification whenever the heat goes on. This means it takes zero electricity because you don’t need to plug it in! It uses the warm air flow from your central furnace, so there is no extra energy consumption at all. There’s no extra noise and you never have to turn it on and off. And the biggest bonus for me – nothing that needs to be constantly cleaned!The Rumidifier uses an eco-friendly filter made from organic wood pulp, which should be changed at the end of every season.

Rumidifiers are eco-friendly - they won’t break down and end up in the landfill, they don’t require electricity to run (which makes them incredibly safe to use), the unit cost is $39.95 so they are very affordable. Regular humidifiers cost approximately $25.00 a year in electricity charges, making the savings of using a Rumidifer basically pay for the unit itself.

If every household in Canada had deployed just 1 Rumidifier, hydro companies would save 335 million kwh of electricity, and customers will conserve $2 billion in hydro costs each year. That is a giant leap for a small gadget like Rumidifier.


Thanks to over 50,000 happy customers, Rumidifier has grown into a premier home comfort brand in North America and has become a familiar household name, all in just four years. Many are repeat customers who are buying extra units for their homes and for their friends and families. There are also other Rumidifiers available for the wall, the car, personal Rumidifier for the office, and central and baseboard Rumidifiers are in the making.


Rumidifiers now can be purchased all across Canada and the United States at Home Depot, Home Hardware, Lowes, Terra 20 and Canadian Tire.

Having a Rumidifier in your house can help alleviate symptoms of allergies, asthma, and arthritis, as well as reducing dry eyes, sore throats and stuffy noses. They help with tropical plants, hardwood floors and also pets.

Rumidifiers are safe, affordable and eco-friendly. Humidify without electricity and start saving today.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

September 18th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






How would you like to win some prizes? Make sure to enter the great giveaways linked up below. If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.





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Thursday, September 14, 2017

15 Perfect Fall Instant Pot Recipes


As summer turns to fall and the weather starts getting cooler, the meals I make for my family change as well. With hot weather, I prefer a lighter meal - often having salads with a protein to make it complete.  During the fall and winter, I like having a heavier meal - like hearty soups and stews.

This round up is perfect for those cool fall nights: keeps you warm and your belly full. The best part? The Instant Pot does most of the work for you. You don't need to be stuck in the kitchen over the stove.

15 Perfect Fall Instant Pot Recipes



Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






How would you like to win some prizes? Make sure to enter the great giveaways linked up below. If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.





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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Summer 2017 Re-Cap

This summer was probably one of the roughest we have had. The kids didn't have many friends to play with, and that meant more time together than they would like. This, of course, lead to a ridiculous amount of fighting.

Even with all that fighting and bickering, we managed to have a pretty decent summer.  Mr. J went away to summer camp for the first time. The kids spent a lot of time with their cousins, which I think is extremely important.  It's great that they can be friends as well as cousins. Mr. J is only 6 months younger than his cousins, so they will all end up at the same high school together - in the same grade.

Once again we purchased a swim membership, and Mr. K and I definitely got our moneys worth out of it. We averaged 3 trips a week over the summer, and I plan on using the fitness portion of the membership throughout the fall and winter.

The kids both did summer day camps that they enjoyed, we had trips to the park, a few bike rides (not as many as I would have liked), Saunders Farm, Rays Reptiles, nerf fights, water fights and some down time as well.

Mr. K spent the majority of his summer sleeping in a tent in our living room. His dad added blankets to the furniture so that he also had a fort in front of the tent.  I had hoped to try camping for the first time this year, but that didn't happen. I did, however, sleep in the tent for a few nights with him when he asked.

Over the summer I made the decision to return to work part time. I am on the hunt for a position that will work for me and our family. That was a decision that didn't come easy, but once I made up my mind, I have been quite excited about it.

I hope that you had a wonderful summer - feel free to leave a comment below with what the highlight was for you!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Lion King Signature Collection


As a teenager, The Lion King was one of my absolute favourite movies. I actually saw it 3 times in the movie theater - that's how much I loved it.  The story, the characters and the soundtrack.  I would play the songs on repeat while doing homework or day dreaming about my latest crush.


As I grew older, my love for the movie remained unchanged. It had been many years since I watched the film, but when it was added to The Walt Disney Signature Collection, I was sent a copy to review.

Even though the years have passed, time hasn't changed my love of The Lion King. I don't know what it is that spoke to me back when it was first released, but whatever it is continues to do so.

I loved Simba, but I think that I would have to say Rafiki is probably my favourite character in the movie.  

The digital release was August 15th, and the Blu-ray/DVD release was today, August 29th.  "It is time" to introduce a whole new generation to Simba, Timon, Pumba and the rest of the cast.  

Blu-ray bonus extras include:
  • The Recording Sessions
  • Inside The Story Room
  • Visualizing A Villain
  • The Lion King: Song Selection
  • and more....

Monday, August 28, 2017

Mr. K Turns 7....SEVEN



Seven years ago today, I was called to the hospital for an induction. It happened late afternoon.  We arrived and were registered and induction started around 630pm...a few short hours later Mr. K made his appearance. He was born at 10:14 pm.

He is a funny, quirky, energetic kid with a BIG personality.  He can always make me smile by saying something cute, or doing something silly.  I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that he is 7.

He had a great birthday party with his friends, and today will consist of getting his hair cut, picking out his birthday gift (he is getting a skateboard) and hopefully more fun!


August 28th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






We are just entering the LAST week of summer vacation. In some ways it went by super fast, and in others it seems to have dragged on. I hope you enjoy the final bit of summer before school starts!

How would you like to win some prizes? Make sure to enter the great giveaways linked up below. If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.





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Friday, August 25, 2017

Week 8 Summer Bucket List Update




















With the kids being at Pedalheads this week, I knew it was highly unlikely we would cross anything off our bucket list.  They get dropped off at 8am and picked up at 4pm, and the majority of the time in between is spent on their bikes.  By the time we get home afterwards, they are DONE.

Mr. K turns 7 on Monday, and his party is Sunday afternoon. Next week is filled with his birthday, and he also has an appointment each morning the rest of the week.  Hopefully we can have some family fun to fill the final week of summer vacation.

Tales of Mommyhood 2017 Summer Bucket List
  • strawberry picking - we waited too long, and the crops are not great because of all the rain, so this won't be happening
  • lots of swimming (we will be getting a swim membership again this year)
  • trips to Saunders Farm (we have annual passes)
  • mini golfing
  • go karting
  • biking locally through the area we live
  • biking through one of the local forest trails
  • park omega
  • day trip to Primitive Designs (Mr. K loves transformers)
    • stop at The Big Apple on our way home
  • Carp Custom Creamery for ice cream
  • lunch at The Cheshire Cat
  • picnic at the park 
  • water fight
  • diefenbunker
  • visit Little Ray's Reptile Zoo
  • baking cookies
  • sleepover at grandparents
  • driving range
  • camping (I have this on here, but we don't camp. We MIGHT camp in my moms backyard this summer....we shall see)
  • nerf war
  • movie at the theatre
  • park play
I will be posting updates weekly with what we have done, and adding in anything else that we decided to do as well.

Do you have any plans for summer?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Back To School Wordsearch Printable

It's that time of year. Back to school is just around the corner. My kids start back on September 5th. Most years, I get sad around this time. Knowing that summer is almost over and they are heading back to class. No more care free summer days filled with swimming, biking, freezies and lazing around.

This year, I am sad to say I do not feel that way. This year, for the first time ever I am actually looking forward to them being back in school. We have had a lot of fun this summer. Lots of swimming, lots of sleepovers, lots of activity...but also lots of fighting. Honestly, the fighting has barely stopped. The only time they are not fighting is when one of them isn't home.

I am sure I will feel a little twinge of sadness when I walk them to school on the first day, but nothing like recent years.  I will once again pick up a friend after the bell rings and head to the pool. Sitting poolside relaxing and chatting with the water to cool us off is a lovely way to spend the first day.

If you have kids, feel free to print out the wordsearch below for them to complete before heading back for their first day.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

August 21st Monday Madness Giveaway Linky






How do we only have 2 weeks left of summer vacation? This summer has been pretty crazy around here. Lots of swimming, lots of activity, super busy and a TON of fighting between the kids. I hope you have had a great summer!

How would you like to win some prizes? Make sure to enter the great giveaways linked up below. If you are a blogger, feel free to list any open giveaways you have on your blog. Make sure to list the prize, end date and country eligibility (CAN/US/WW) any listed without this information will be deleted.





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